Thorne Dreyer's guest is acclaimed jazz singer and songwriter Sarah Sharp who joins us in conversation and live performance, accompanied by virtuoso guitarist Mitch Watkins.
Sarah currently holds down the fort on Tuesdays at Austin's premier jazz venue, the Elephant Room. Sharp has topped the Austin Music Awards as Best Female Vocalist, Best Producer, Best Songwriter, and for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Band of the Year, and Best Jazz Band. Sarah has been featured on NPR's "Song Travels with Michael Feinstein" where Feinstein praised the timeless quality of her originals, suggesting they were destined to become standards. She performed as the lead singer for the Jitterbug Vipers from 2012-2015, staying with that band until their noted jazz guitarist, Slim Richey, passed away.
Sarah Sharp, who previously joined us on Rag Radio in July 2016, will perform in Austin -- along with Bruce Melton's Climate Change Band -- at Thorne Dreyer's 74th Birthday Bash next Thursday, August 1, from 6-9:30 p.m., at The High Road on Dawson. It's a benefit for the New Journalism Project. Sarah will also perform, along with Marcia Ball and others, at a fundraiser for the Faith Food Pantry on Sunday, July 28, from noon to 4 p.m., at Opal Divine's Austin Grill. In addition to her Tuesday gigs at the Elephant Room, she will also appear August 3 at Square Rut Kava Bar and on August 8 at the One-2-One Bar.
Photo above: Sarah Sharp on Rag Radio in Austin, July 26, 2019. Photo by Roger Baker / Rag Radio.
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